- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Cooper Lighting Inc. of Peachtree City, Ga., Thursday warned customers nearly 600,000 Regent 500-watt halogen bulbs may pose a fire hazard if used in torchiere floor lamps or other indoor residential fixtures.

The bulbs generate high temperatures and can start a fire if they come into contact with curtains, clothing or other flammable materials. They are intended for outdoor use.

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Cooper said it has not received any reports of fires or injuries but the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is aware of 290 fires and 25 deaths since 1992 involving halogen torchiere floor lamps.

Model Nos. WM500Q and BP500Q came in packages that lacked a label that should have read: "Warning: Fire hazard! Do not use in torchieres or other indoor residential fixtures." Cooper has asked retailers to add the label to the packaging currently on store shelves.

The bulbs were sold by Wal-Mart, Lowes and smaller retailers nationwide between January 1999 and October 2002 for about $4.

Consumers are advised to remove the bulbs from indoor lighting. For more information, call 800-945-7145.

In other action:

Zenith Electronics Corp of Lincolnshire, Ill., recalled 80,000 more large-screen, analog projection televisions manufactured between 1995 and 1998 because a tear in a gasket can cause coolant to leak from the picture tube assembly and lead to smoking, charring and electrical arcing inside the television, posing a fire hazard.

Thursday's recall notice expands a recall first issued in 1998 involving 111,000 sets.

Since 1998, Zenith said it has received 45 reports of incidents involving coolant leakage, leading to four cases of property damage but no injuries.

The recall involves 40-inch to 60-inch screens and were sold by major appliance and department stores nationwide for between $1,200 and $2,800.

Consumers are advised to contact Zenith at 800-777-5195 to arrange for a free inspection and repair. For more information, visit the company's Web site, projorecall.com.

Ho's Trading Inc. of New York recalled 10-ounce plastic bags of Master Chao Candy because the product contains undeclared peanuts. The Chinese import was distributed in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered through routine New York Department of Agriculture and Markets testing. Consumers can return the product for a full refund. For more information, call 718-622-2288.

Ampacco Inc. of Hunt Valley, Md., recalled 9,000, 1.25-ounce pouches of taco seasoning because it contains undeclared wheat, soy and milk ingredients, posing an allergy hazard.

The recalled packages bear the date code OCT2804BH. They were distributed to retail grocery stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Consumers are advised to return the recalled seasoning to place of purchase for full refund or call 800-717-8820 for more information.

No illnesses have been associated with the product.

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